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DianaO
January 29, 2002

Gender: Female Ethnicity: Caucasion Height: 5ft 0in to 5ft 3in Weight: above 170 lbs Onset Age: 41-50 Age Now: 51-60 Family Diabetes: Grandparent Treatment: Diet&Oral Medication: Combination Meter: Other Tests: 5-6 times/day Exercise: 1-2 times/week Diet: Other Supplements: multivitamin + extra D

It was two weeks before my trip to Florida for the first time in 1998 and my legs hurt so bad I could hardly walk. When the doctor told me I had diabetes and handed me a diet sheet and sent me on my way, I felt lost and then I found alt.support.diabetes (ASD) and until recently I've found it to be a true lifesaver. I've enjoyed posting and supporting and meeting so many people from all over the world.

About two months ago (November 2001) I had my first diabetes-related hospitalization and believe me when I say NEVER again. I hope so anyway. I still have not reached my personal diabetes control goals but I plan to this year. My numbers when I first started going to ASD were 500+ mg/dL (27.7+ mmol/L) and Jude, Jan, Kate, Wolf, Charles, Bob H and a few other oldies surely saved my life and I am eternally grateful to them. Support to me is the biggest help there to help me maintain control and some sense of balance to this disease.